How to Hit a Forehand

To start moving up in the game, you’ll need to ace the basics. Learn the how you could nail one of tennis’ fundamental strokes.

There are a few things every tennis beginner needs to know, one of which is how to hit a forehand. Every tennis player, novice and advanced alike, uses this stroke during every match.

It all starts out with your grip. To get the right grip for a forehand, place your hand directly on top of the grip and then turn it one notch to the right. Learn more about how to hold your racquet here. 

Once your grip is good to go, turn your body sideways and stretch your racquet-holding arm down and back in preparation of the oncoming ball. If you’re right handed, turn to the right and put your racquet down and back. If you’re left handed, turn to the left and put your racquet down and back.

Now that you are in your forehand stance, there are two important aspects to a consistent forehand that you should know.

The first is that you must lift up. When you make contact with the ball, your hand should guide the ball over the net. Try achieving this by lifting up as you make contact with the ball. This uplifting motion could help your shot glide over the net to the other side.

The second step to note is the turn of the wrist. After you’ve made contact with the ball in an upward-lifting motion, turn your hand over as you follow through. If you’ve followed through correctly, you should be able to see your wrist as if you were checking your watch. Following through correctly and turning the wrist are two ways to help ensure that your ball bounces into the court, instead of soaring out of play.

For a better forehand, make sure you practice. If you’re practicing unaccompanied, feed yourself a ball by dropping it in front of you. When you swing, make sure you lift up when you make contact, and turn your wrist over as you follow through.

Now you’re on your way to perfecting that forehand.